Sectarian puzzle kept Pakistan away

This is in response to the editorial, 'Stand up for a friend' (KT, April 11).

I agree with the contention that it is primarily the sectarian puzzle that had kept Pakistan away from becoming a party in the conflict.

Rightly so, Islamabad could have become a victim as sectarian discord would have created a wedge in the society, which is already marginalised and is divisive on religious, ethnic and lingual lines.

Pakistan should not repeat the Afghan episode where it became a party for the sake of major powers rivalry.

The country today has millions of Afghan refugees and more than 80,000 casualties as an outcome of war on terrorism.

Abdul Hameed, Dubai

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